Saturday, April 22, 2017

Any Holiday Challenge

Hi everyone it is the 4th Saturday of the month which means another Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the sponsor is The Paper Shelter. One lucky person will receive a $15 gift certificate.

I did two projects using one of the digital papers for a scrapbook page and the color gardener image. The gardener image also comes in black and white if you would like to color your own. I think she is so sweet.


When it gets close to Mother's day my thoughts turn to my Mother. This wedding picture of her is my favorite one.  Since I'm putting together a small 5 x 7 album for family I thought this would be the perfect time to put together a page. On the back I will place information about my mother before laminating the page.

Except for the coffee dyed copy paper lace everything was done in Silhouette Designer Studio. It was so easy to add the oval of my mother to the digital paper by Paper Shelter. As well as to design the banner and sentiment tag. Edging the elements after they were cut out with Distress ink and a quick scrapbook page was put together.



Yeah! I figured out how to use Sizzix texture plates with the Cut n' Boss embossing machine. Following the directions which came with the plates did not work at all. I'm not even sure the texture plates are sold anymore. But happy to know I can use the set I own with my embossing machine. Since the embossing was crisper with damp paper I went ahead and wet my card stock and sprinkled turquoise and red Brusho Crystal Colours before running through the embossing machine.

Using Silhouette Designer Edition I placed the Colored Gardener in a frame and filled the frame with color.  I then added a small external offset to give me a white border. I had the machine just cut around the shape instead of cutting out all the details.

By the way remember even if you don't have a Silhouette machine you can use the free software for putting things together and printing out.

For this card I'm putting a Mother's Day sentiment inside and a friend can mail it to his mother. She has a shoe box full of my cards which I've sent her over a decade now.

I hope you will join in this week's challenge. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hi everyone this week Hiding In My Craft Room has a fun challenge. It is to create your project using the items on a tic tac toe grid. Here is the grid.
The challenge is sponsored by .StarStampz They will be giving two images to the lucky winner Here are two of my cards using the Spring Bumblebee image they so generously provided the design team.


The striped embossed background is a retired Sizzix embossing folder. It was colored by sponging on Liquid Metal

The scallop border is from a die by Craftwell.


 The image is colored using Crayola and Tulip glitter markers.

I had a lot of fun with this card. The background is embossed photo paper. After embossing with my folder I got the photo paper wet and sprinkled yellow pigment powder and drops of Amber Fossil reinker.  After I got the look I liked I let it dry. Then I brushed on Walnut gel stain and then wiped part of it off.

I used a Sizzix die to cut my flowers out of an old dictionary page.

I brushed Stickles on the image background and colored with pencils the image.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Another Super Scraps Saturday

Hi everyone here it is another Super Scraps Saturday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being brought to you by My Besties. The images used by the team is the prize for one lucky winner.


You may recognize the background since it is a scrap from the recent designer paper challenge. The mat is a scrap of paper marbled using chalk. The de-bossed panel was created by stamping Distress ink on plastic and then spraying water on the plastic and laying the card on the plastic in the ink. Then while the card was still wet running it through the embossing machine. I was given the punch several years ago and decided to create the lacy border with it.

The lady was colored with pencils. Then after cutting her out pop dotted and the one shoe glued down.

I encourage you to get out your scrap and to join in the fun over at Hiding In My Craft Room. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Get Well Card

Hi everyone I had to make a get well card this week. It took longer for the Dimensional Magic to dry than to make the card. You know me it is all in the details. I figured the pattern papers I was given was bright and cheery and since hospitals and even rehab places can be dreary to my way of thinking I thought using them would cheer the recipient up.I hope doctors can quickly find out what is wrong with the person and thankfully a family member was able to get their heart starting again.



The nurse is clip art I found a few years back when I had a graduation card to make for a nurse. While looking for other clip art I found the pill bottle. Since the print lines were so faint on the nurse I went ahead and had black cut lines print. This gives her more dimension For the pill bottle after it was cut out I went ahead and used an ink pad to color the edges.

Don't forget that Saturday will be a Super Scraps day. Wishing you Happy Frugal crafting till we meet again! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monochromatic HIMCR Challenge

Hi everyone can you believe that today is April 1st. Commonly called in my neck of the woods as April Fool's day. Yes, I was fooled as I went out of town thinking when I got back that there would be images for this challenge. Alas once again the sponsor has let us down so Laurie over at Hiding In My Craft Room is sponsoring this challenge. The prize is a Cricut Robot cartridge.

In January we were going to do a monochromatic color challenge but did not get the images. Laurie decided that we would go ahead and do monochromatic this month. Whether we used images or what we did was up to us as long as we went with the monochromatic theme. I was happy as I already had the glitter background and stamped image done as well as my card base made up. I was quickly able to resize and use clipart images from a previous challenge. Then decided that the area where the images are standing needed something. All that required was quickly embossing a strip of scrap and painting it.

I'm not really a pink girl but it seems pink has been cropping up more often. The reason I originally went with pink here was because the images I was suppose to get were black and pink. O.K. I know you are holding your breath so here is my card.


First was figuring out how to create my card base as I knew I wanted my images to stand upright but still be able to mail the card. I'm sure there are templates and probably directions online but you know me I like to exercise my brain. Not only will this nicely sit up if someone wants to display it but it will fold flat for mailing. I just need to use a larger envelope than I normally would. And the bonus is I can write something personal on the inside for the person who receives this.

The background was an experiment mixing Liquid Metals with gesso. I learned that  the metallic look disappears so better to use inexpensive acrylic paint. While the gesso was still wet I sprinkled hot pink fine glitter. The glitter doesn't seem to come off as easily as when I've sprinkled it into glue.

I had planned to originally cut out the Eiffel Tower but since I didn't get the images I left my stamped image as I stamped it. For those who are wondering this is a Tim Holtz stamp.

I embossed a scrap to cover the white fold where I wanted to place my poodles. I used a Darice border folder. Then sponged on Rose Liquid Metal.

After printing out the poodles and speech bubble I hand cut them. Normally I would have cut them out using my cutting machine but this was quicker for me. I added tabs at the poodles feet which I glued under my embossed panel before adhering it.  Then adhered the speech bubble to the back of the poodles. I had cut extra space around the speech bubble at the bottom so I could do that.

I hope you will join in the challenge or at least challenge yourself to do a project in a monochromatic color scheme.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!